We must provide our children with time for both structured and unstructured play. This is how gross motor skills, fine motor skills, social and emotional skills, and life skills develop from a young age. Play is also vital for skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, and creativity.
Most importantly, play allows children to be naturally mindful which calms their mind and nervous system. As parents, we may try to seek out support so our children can learn to relax and calm their child's anxiety.
One powerful yet easy and free strategy is to provide time for our children to play. Time for our children to access their natural mindfulness state. Due to more complex and busy families lives, play can get squeezed out of daily schedules, however with a few tweaks, pulling back on screen time and unneccesary after school activities, children will find time for this peaceful place of play.